I'm 67, single and retired. So I have it a lot better than many people in being the full-time caregiver for my 87-year-old mother. On this forum, I read things people are going through and I realize how lucky I am. Mom has been diagnosed with dementia, but she is high functioning, still takes care of her own hygiene, and can get around the house on her own. When dad went into a memory care facility a year ago (he passed away four months ago), I moved in with mom. I gave up my own home (I still have it, but can't live in it), my social life, my freedom to come and go as I wish and cook the food I want. I can't travel. My beloved cat passed away last year and I can't get another one. I love my mother and I am not bitter about doing this, but I want my life back. I know there is only one way to get it back, and I feel terrible about the way I feel. Does anyone else struggle with these feelings of guilt? I'm not looking for suggestions about getting help, respite care, etc. I want to know if others feel guilty about wanting their lives back. I want to know that I'm not alone in feeling this way. Thanks to all.